Professor Richard Rowe

BSc, MSc, PhD

Department of Psychology

Postgraduate Taught Programmes (PGT) Director (Psychological Research Methods)

Professor of Psychology
+44 114 222 6606

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Professor Richard Rowe
Department of Psychology
Cathedral Court
1 Vicar Lane
S1 2LT

BSc (Manchester), MSc, PhD (Reading)

Research interests

My research addresses identifying the factors underlying risky and antisocial behaviours in young people and the development of interventions to reduce these problematic behaviours. Major focusses have been on conduct disorder and oppositional defiant disorder in children and adolescents, and risky driving in young motorists.

Other work has addressed suicide, self-harm and alcohol use. I have been involved in evaluating existing evaluations (e.g., for South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership) and designing novel interventions which have taken a variety of forms form small group sessions to information sheets.

In all cases interventions are informed by an understanding of the causal factors that underlie the target behaviour and by theories of behaviour change.


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Journal articles

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  • Dancey C, Reidy J & Rowe R (2012) Statistics for the Health Sciences: A Non-Mathematical Introduction. SAGE Publications. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles


  • McKinney PA, Rowe R & Wood J (2010) Inquiry based assessment of statistical methods in psychology In Bidgood P, Hunt N & Jolliffe F (Ed.), Assessment Methods in Statistical Education (pp. 189-200). Wiley Blackwell View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Maughan B, Rowe R & Murray J () Family Poverty and Structure, The Wiley Handbook of Disruptive and Impulse-Control Disorders (pp. 255-274). John Wiley & Sons, Ltd RIS download Bibtex download

Conference proceedings papers

  • Robbins C, Fotios S, Uttley A & Rowe R (2021) Optimising road lighting to reduce road traffic crashes. CIE2021 Midterm Conference (pp 274-279) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Madrid-Valero JJ, Barclay N, Rowe R, Perach R, Buysse D, Ordonana J, Eley T & Gregory A (2019) Symptoms of sleep apnea and symptoms of internalizing/externalizing behaviors. BEHAVIOR GENETICS, Vol. 49(6) (pp 507-507) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Danson S, Rowland C, Eiser C, Rowe R, Ellis S, Crabtree C, Horsman JM, Wadsley J, Hatton M & Woll P (2012) Implications of smoking for quality of life and illness perceptions of lung cancer patients. JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY, Vol. 30(15) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rowland C, Eiser C, Rowe R & Danson S (2012) Exploring quality of life of lung cancer patients and their partners by smoking history. PSYCHOLOGY & HEALTH, Vol. 27 (pp 110-110) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rowland C, Eiser C, Rowe R & Danson S (2012) Implications of smoking for quality of life and medical decision making in lung cancer patients. LUNG CANCER, Vol. 75 (pp S44-S45) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gregory AM, Buysse DJ, Willis TA, Rijsdijk FV, Maughan B, Rowe R, Cartwright S, Barclay NL & Eley TC (2011) Associations between sleep quality and anxiety and depression symptoms in a sample of young adult twins and siblings. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, Vol. 71(4) (pp 250-255) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gregory AM, Buysse DJ, Willis TA, Rijsdijk FV, Maughan B, Messer J, Rowe R, Cartwright S & Eley T (2009) ASSOCIATIONS BETWEEN SLEEP QUALITY AND ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION SYMPTOMS IN A SAMPLE OF YOUNG ADULT TWINS AND SIBLINGS. SLEEP, Vol. 32 (pp A360-A360) RIS download Bibtex download


Research group

Current postgraduate students

  • Nadia Chan, cross-informant agreement in hyperactivity, self-sponsored.
  • Ian Edwards, impulsivity in young driver road safety, Road Safety GB/Road Safety Trust studentship.
  • Megan Frith, modelling a general psychopathology factor using multiple informant data, ESRC AQM studentship.
  • George Hales, the effect of Adverse Childhood Experiences on psychosocial outcomes. ESRC Pathways studentship.
  • Satwika Rahapsari, the neurobiology of early life stress. Indonesian Ministry of Education studentship.
  • Ayu Sari, the role of teachers in identifying mental health problems in Indonesian schools, Indonesian Ministry of Education studentship.
  • Zeliha Saribaz, environmentally mediated effects on young people’s internalising problems. Turkish Education Office.

Key research funding

  • Promoting Intelligent Speed Assistance to reduce UK Road Traffic Crashes. Road Safety Trust. £195,932. PI: Rowe. 2022-2024.
  • A new resource for behavioural science - Developing tools for understanding the relationship between behaviours. Economic and Social Research Council. £441,000. PI: Webb. 2021-2022
  • HAROLD: HAzards, ROad Lighting and Driving. Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. £587,684. PI: Fotios (Sheffield), 2019-2022
  • Identifying the mechanisms linking socioeconomic status and child antisocial behaviour. Nuffield Foundation. £127,555. PI: Rowe. 2016-2022.
Teaching activities

I am the Director of our MSc Psychological Research Methods courses.

I lecture in research methods for our Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, MSc in Psychological Research Methods and MSc in Occupational Psychology.

I am also the Module Organiser for PSY356 Criminal Psychology.

Professional activities and memberships
  • ESRC Grant Assessment Panel D member.
  • Academic Editor, PLOS ONE.